Doug Peterson

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1945 - 2017


Douglas Blair Peterson (July 25, 1945 – June 26, 2017) was an American yacht designer. Beginning with the One Tonner Ganbare in 1973, Peterson's designs have pioneered many innovations in racing and cruising yachts

After nearly winning the 1973 International One Ton Cup, Doug Peterson stated in an interview: "I started putting boats down on paper when I was 10, and have never wanted to do anything else." This was GANBARE, clearly the fastest boat in the series (though, due to some tactical errors, she didn't actually win). Built on a shoe string budget, and a huge gamble financially for him personally, GANBARE was the boat that clearly established his reputation. Another Peterson design, 'Gumboots', easily won the following year, proving that no other designer had 'caught up'. Almost immediately, Doug Peterson became the designer in demand for IOR racing sailboats, around the world, for more than a decade. His firm employed many who went on to establish their own reputations as designers of racing sailboats.
Later he became involved in several Americas Cup campaigns.

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Sailboats Designed By Doug Peterson

Model LOA First Built
8M ONE DESIGN 26.25 ft / 8.00 m 1993
ADHARA 30 29.89 ft / 9.11 m 1985
BALTIC 38 DP 38.08 ft / 11.61 m 1982
BALTIC 42 DP 41.92 ft / 12.78 m 1981
BALTIC 48 DP 48.08 ft / 14.65 m 1985
BALTIC 55 DP 55.00 ft / 16.76 m 1984
BAVARIA MATCH 35 34.50 ft / 10.52 m 2004
BAVARIA MATCH 38 37.33 ft / 11.38 m 2003
BAVARIA MATCH 42 41.18 ft / 12.55 m 2004
BLAZER 23 (PETERSON) 23.00 ft / 7.01 m 1980
C&L 36 36.08 ft / 11.00 m 1978
CAVALIER 26 26.25 ft / 8.00 m 1978
CAVALIER 36 36.09 ft / 11.00 m 1976
CHASER 29 29.25 ft / 8.92 m 1975
CHASER 33 33.00 ft / 10.06 m 1975
CHOATE 44 43.67 ft / 13.31 m 1980
CHOATE 48 48.16 ft / 14.68 m 1979
CHRISTINA 48 (HANS CHRISTIAN) 47.92 ft / 14.61 m 1986
CHRISTINA 52 (HANS CHRISTIAN) 51.50 ft / 15.70 m 1987
COMET 375 37.73 ft / 11.50 m 1987
CONRAD 760 25.00 ft / 7.62 m 1980
CONTENTION 30 (PETERSON) 29.66 ft / 9.04 m 1977
CONTENTION 33 (PETERSON) 32.81 ft / 10.00 m 1976
CONTESSA 25 (PETERSON) 25.16 ft / 7.67 m 1975
CONTESSA 28 27.67 ft / 8.43 m 1977


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